Clever Dad Designs Adorable LED Color-Changing Stick Figure Costume for His Daughter

by 10/22/14   filed under: green family, green halloween, green kids, halloween

A clever dad has become an internet sensation with his ingenious idea to create an interactive, and hilarious, Halloween costume for his daughter using LED lights in the shape of a stick figure. Known to the world as “Glowy Zoey,” the costume’s LED strip lighting glows in the dark and, when worn by a toddler, appears as if a miniature stick figure is running around, which is arguably the cutest spectacle we’ve ever seen.

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HOW TO: Make Sunny Pumpkin & Orange Soup for Halloween

by 10/22/14   filed under: food, healthy recipe, how-to, vegan cooking

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High Schooler Writes Children's Book Featuring the True Story of an Orphaned, Endangered Rhino

by 10/22/14   filed under: books

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Reading with our kids is valuable for so many reasons, and instilling an early notion of environmental advocacy is one important benefit. Chizi’s Tale: The True Story of an Orphaned Black Rhino is the sweet story of an orphaned black rhino in Zimbabwe who comes into the care of a local conservationist and his family. Written by a Connecticut high schooler who has spent numerous summers in Africa, Chizi’s Tale is a wonderful way to introduce the wider world and environmental issues into your child’s life in a humorous and adorable way. This story will open your child’s eyes to how a wild baby animal became an untraditional family pet and how he lovingly becomes a part of the family who cares for him and prepares to eventually return him to the wild.

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HOW TO: Make No-Bake Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Truffles

by 10/21/14   filed under: baking, food, healthy recipe, how-to, recipe, snack, vegetarian

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3 Baking Soda Activities for Your Kid’s Playtime

by 10/21/14   filed under: craft, diy kids crafts

Brought to you by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda

While ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda is great for cleaning, it’s also perfect for a bit of messy fun. Bring ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda to the playroom to spark your children’s imagination with these three fun-filled activities. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda also comes in multiple packaging options including a water resistant resealable bag to make these activities as accident-proof as possible.

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Brain Cancer Rate for Girls Increases 550% in Florida Town, Possibly Due to Radioactive Waste

by 10/21/14   filed under: health & body, toxins

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A special investigation featured in The Nation has revealed that brain cancer rates among young girls in The Acreage, a south Florida town, have shot up in recent years, and radioactive waste may be responsible. The Acreage is less than twenty miles inland of West Palm Beach and it’s typical for about one in 30,000 to 40,000 children in the United States to develop a brain tumor annually, but The Acreage, with a population of just 39,000, saw four pediatric brain-tumor cases between 2005 and 2007. The Nation reports that a young girl’s “chance of getting a brain tumor in The Acreage was five and a half times what it was in the rest of Florida,” not even accounting for the four children diagnosed with brain tumors in 2008. A parent-led investigation into the rise in cancer cases caught the eye of a local reporter in 2009, who wrote a story about it — and soon after the state announced an official cancer-cluster investigation. As The Nation points out, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines a cancer cluster as a “greater-than-expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people in a geographic area over a period of time.” Most other suspected cluster investigations fail to turn up significant results proving a link between cancer cases, but in the case of The Acreage, health officials informed the community that their town was indeed experiencing a cluster of pediatric brain tumors, not to mention elevated rates of all cancers at all ages. However, no clear culprit for the rise in cancer cases was found. Families may have been left without answers, except that attorneys decided to take up where public-health officials left off. Erin Brockovich and a local firm began to represent several families in the community which resulted in unearthing some possible causes including rumors of pollution and pesticides in The Acreage — and throughout South Florida. To learn more about the pollution and radioactive waste thought to cause the brain cancer spike in The Acreage, read the whole investigative report, The Brain Cancer Rate for Girls in This Town Shot Up 550%—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?

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Frightful Fruit! 5 Fresh & Fruity Halloween Treats

by 10/20/14   filed under: food, green family, green holiday ideas for kids, halloween, healthy recipe, kid friendly, recipes, snack

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Baby Shower Gift Trees Keep on Growing (and Giving) Forever

by 10/20/14   filed under: baby shower, green baby gifts

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If you need a very special baby shower or new baby gift, Seeds of Life offers many unique and eco-friendly gift choices that will literally rise head and shoulders above the rest. Seeds of Life allows you to celebrate new life with a living tree that will grow and be a symbol of strength and character. A new tree is a great way to honor a newborn — and to make your gift even more awesome, you can add a copy of the classic book, The Giving Tree and/or some sweet organic stuffies and teethers. You can choose from an everlasting oak, magnolia or pine tree, among other amazing tree choices, and and each tree sent out by Seeds of Life is matched to the receiver’s specific zip code. You can send a gift tree one of three ways: as a seed package, a seedling or a larger gift tree. Each tree comes covered in 100% natural jute with its own set of care instructions, small watering tool, envelope and sweet baby-minded gift card. No new baby on the way? Seeds of Life also offers beautiful gift trees suitable for birthdays, holidays, weddings and other special events.

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HOW TO: Make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie

HOW TO: Make a Vegan Pumpkin Pie Power Smoothie

TweetEmail1. Gather the ingredients 2 cups of almond milk 1/2 cup of oats 3 tbsp of chia seeds 1 and 1/2 cup of pumpkin 1 ripe banana 2 tsp of cinnamon 1/2 tsp of ground…

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ENTER TO WIN: Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

ENTER TO WIN: Inhabitots' 2014 Green Halloween Costume Contest!

Inhabitots’ Green Halloween™ Costume Contest is BACK! Now’s the time to cast a spell on our judges with your cleverest kids’ costume creations! We can’t wait…

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Fluf's Organic Cotton Snack Bags Make Snacktime Cheery

Fluf's Organic Cotton Snack Bags Make Snacktime Cheery

TweetEmailWe’re already fans of Fluf’s cute organic cotton lunch bags, so imagine our delight to see that Fluf has added some adorable snack bags to their…

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13 Kid-Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

13 Kid-Friendly Halloween Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

1. Scribble Pumpkin This crayon scribble pumpkin from The Swell Designer is bright, fun, easy and adaptable. The colors standout best if you use a white pumpkin as a base for this…

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13 Pumpkin Themed Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

13 Pumpkin Themed Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

Pumpkin Spice Playdough You can whip up a batch of this pumpkin spice playdough in no time at all using natural food colors or colors made from food items such as beet,…

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Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

Yoga Joes: Classic Army Men Toys Swap Guns for Yoga Mats to Become Mindful Action Figures

A complete set of 6 Yoga Joes comes in a display case with bamboo flooring. The 6 poses are: Warrior Two, Child’s Pose, Meditation Pose, Headstand, Cobra Pose, and…

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Eepples MilkCharms Make it Easy to Date and Save Pumped Breast Milk

Eepples MilkCharms Make it Easy to Date and Save Pumped Breast Milk

If you’re tired of hunting down masking tape and pens to label your bottles of breast milk, then Eepples MilkCharms may be the perfect solution. Eepples are an eco-friendly way to…

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Broccoli Sprout Extract May Help Treat Autism Symptoms

Broccoli Sprout Extract May Help Treat Autism Symptoms

If we were going to look for the next line of treatment for symptoms of autism, broccoli sprout extract might not be very high on our list of remedies — until now. A small…

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Faux Moccs are Adorable Handmade Vegan Moccasins for Tiny Toes

Faux Moccs are Adorable Handmade Vegan Moccasins for Tiny Toes

TweetEmail Moccasins, as a soft-soled shoe, protect young feet while still allowing them the freedom to develop and move like bare feet. Kortney says each pair is made with…

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10 Gorgeous Indoor Play Spaces that Will Delight Kids

10 Gorgeous Indoor Play Spaces that Will Delight Kids

TweetEmail 1. Book Nook Paradise If a jungle gym and a library had a baby, it would probably look like this amazing book-infused play space. I love that there are lots of…

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